Peoria Public Radio News

Government
4:13 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Groups reach fracking agreement in Illinois

Rep. John Bradley, D-Marion, announces an agreement to regulate the oil and gas extraction process known as “fracking.” Speaking Thursday in the Illinois Statehouse, both business groups and environmentalists say they support the proposal.

Environmentalists and business groups have reached an agreement that paves the way for "fracking" in Illinois. IPR's Brian Mackey has more on Thursday's announcement.  

It was an unusual sight: supporters of the oil and gas industry sharing a podium with environmental activists. They've agreed on legislation that would regulate the oil and gas extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing or "fracking."

Jack Darin, with the Illinois chapter of the Sierra Club, says fracking is coming to Illinois, so it's better to compromise on new rules than to do nothing.

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Medical
7:13 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Simulation training for OSF resident physicians

Resident physicians at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center are using simulation training to learn how to put neck and chest catheters into a patient.  The simulation walks-through how to prepare the patient, use the tools and insert the catheter. Jessica Short is a clinical research coordinator with OSF.  She says the training allows resident physicians to learn at their own pace: 

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Education
7:10 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Manual health program includes food, exercise tips

Manual students learn healthy eating tips as part of the Healthy Living Program

High school students at Manual Academy are learning ways to eat better and exercise.  The Healthy Living program is being funded through a grant from the American Cancer Society.  The program includes nutrition information and exercise routines every week.  Tina Schallhorn is a pediatric dietician with Methodist Medical Center.  She says the class teaches people about sugary foods and drinks like soda:

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Government
6:38 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

East Peoria pursues trail funding

The City of East Peoria is pursuing funding to construct a new recreational trail. The proposed trail would stretch from Riverfront Drive, along Camp Street, to Main Street. East Peoria has already received nearly $150,000 in grants from the Illinois Department of Transportation to design the project. The city is now seeking a $300,000 grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to build the trail. The IDNR grant requires a 50-50 match from the city. Ty Livingston is the city’s Director of Planning and Community Development.

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Government
6:16 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

New proposal would make income tax increase permanent

The Illinois income tax increase would be made permanent in the latest proposal to fix the state's underfunded pension systems. The increase, from 3 percent to 5 percent, was set to begin easing back in 2014.

But Representative Lou Lang, a Democrat from Skokie, says the state can't afford that. He says Illinois taxpayers didn't create the pension problem, but it's a problem they're stuck with.

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Government
6:08 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

State workers strike still in question

Gov. Pat Quinn

It's not clear whether Illinois government is making preparations for a strike by state workers. Governor Pat Quinn was repeatedly asked about it Wednesday. But as IPR's Brian Mackey reports, he didn't answer the question head-on.
                                    
AFSCME, the state's largest government-employee union, has been negotiating a new contract for more than a year. The administration is demanding that workers forego raises for at least three years, and pay a lot more for health insurance.

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Politics
5:59 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Jesse Jackson Jr. pleads guilty to federal charges

Ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Junior and his wife, Sandi, are both pleading guilty to federal criminal charges Wednesday. As IPR’s Alex Keefe reports, the government also released new details in the case.

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Government
5:51 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Residents protest same-sex marriage in Springfield

Hundreds of Illinois residents crowded both inside and outside the state Capitol Wednesday, protesting same-sex marriage. They wore bright yellow buttons depicting stick figures of one man and one woman.
David Smith is the Illinois Family Institute's executive director. He says limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples is not a form of discrimination.

"Marriage benefits society. It's the perfect environment to raise the next generation of children. Children do best in a mother-father home," Smith says.

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Peoria Public Radio News
1:11 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Peoria native Betty Friedan's 'Feminine Mystique' turns 50

More than 225 people turned out at the Peoria Riverfront Museum to celebrate the 50th anniversary of ‘The Feminine Mystique’. The book written by Peoria native Betty Friedan, is thought to have started the women's rights movement in the 1960's.
Seven Peoria women of note in the community spoke to how the book and it’s social implications have shaped or changed their lives.

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Government
11:45 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Food carts could come to downtown East Peoria

  East Peoria is looking to allow food carts in its new downtown area this spring.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the idea is to boost more foot-traffic in the city’s new Levee District: East Peoria City Staff proposes allowing six food carts around the Civic Plaza area that includes the new library, meeting space and potential future city hall.

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